Fed-up locals are setting electric scooters on fire and burying them at sea

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Government is quite good at creating unintended consequences. This is certainly what we see here. That and low grade crony capitalism. (Most likely.)

A year ago electric scooters hit the streets of LA. A company, Bird and Lime, was given (a likely healthy) contract to provide scooters for residents to ride and share as they zipped around Venice Beach and other places. According to the attached report some people love the scooters. Other people however really do not.

(From The LA Times)

As cities like Santa Monica and Beverly Hills struggle to control a rapid proliferation of electric pay-per-minute scooters, some residents are taking matters into their own hands and waging a guerrilla war against the devices. These vandals are destroying or desecrating the vehicles in disturbingly imaginative ways, and celebrating their illegal deeds on social media — in full view of authorities and the public…

…Hailed as a cheap, clean-energy solution to urban gridlock when they first arrived in Los Angeles a year ago, Bird and Lime scooters now find themselves on the receiving end of a public and bureaucratic backlash — especially on the Westside, where they’ve established a buzzing omnipresence.

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